Setback For Mamata Banerjee In Bengal’s Nandigram, BJP Sweeps Key Polls
The BJP swept the election for a cooperative body in Nandigram, a former Trinamool Congress bastion where the Bengal Chief Minister was defeated in 2021, dealing a crushing blow to Mamata Banerjee.
The cooperative organisation Bhekutia Samabay Krishi Samity, which was formerly led by Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool, has seen the BJP win 11 of its 12 seats. In the election held on Sunday, Trinamool won just one seat.
In the polls, one party accused the other of using violence. The Trinamool was charged by the BJP with attempting to bring in outsiders to obstruct polling.
A local panchayat samiti member who claimed to be a Trinamool supporter was reportedly seen on television being abused by many ladies, who tore his shirt. The police came to his aid.
Suvendu Adhikari, a former adviser to Mamata Banerjee who defected to the BJP months prior to the Bengal election of 2021, represents the district of Nandigram.
Mamata Banerjee won the state election and was elected chief minister for the third time, but in Nandigram, the district that helped her gain power in Bengal, she lost a prestige contest to Suvendu Adhikari. BJP officials have interpreted her loss in the cooperative body elections in Nandigram as evidence that she is losing control of important Bengali strongholds. At the Nandigram state elections in 2021, Mr. Adhikari defeated Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal.
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